Ami has worked in public schools in some capacity or another since she was in high school. She has seen firsthand the struggles and difficulties facing our students, families, and school staff. She has seen students who aren’t reading at grade level struggle to keep up with their classmates, parents struggle to balance the demands of work and family life, and staff grow frustrated with the amount of time spent on testing and the insufficient support services for students who need them most. Minnesota continues to have a large and stubborn achievement gap which must be addressed in order to ensure that all Minnesotans have access to the opportunities that education can provide.
During her first term as a legislator, Ami introduced legislation that would provide additional funding for the Minnesota Math Corps, require schools to have safety assessment teams, improve teachers’ access to effective resources by expanding the definition of “textbook”*, and provide incentives to retain early educators.
Ami also co-authored other education-related legislation, including bills that would:
- Provide grant funding for Race2Reduce water conservation programming in schools
- Allow for competency-based education
- Provide grant funding to school districts for teachers to receive mental health training
- Require that affirmative consent be taught in schools
- Provide funding to enhance Reading and Math Corps programming at American Indian-controlled tribal contract and grant schools
*This legislation was passed and signed into law.